San Deigo Airport

San Diego International Airport in the US is all set to open the $1bn Green Build Terminal 2 in Sumer 2013.

The largest construction project in the airport’s history will add ten new gates, a dual-level roadway, which separates arriving and departing passengers, additional security lanes, 600 additional parking lots, six new gates and a new ticket lobby.

Terminal 2 is being expanded by 470,000ft² and will feature a new baggage handling system, which is currently being tested, with scheduled operation over the coming months.

So far, the airport has awarded $350m of contracts to local businesses.

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Construction workers have started the installation of a white canopy over the check-in while work is being carried out, as well as wall and ceiling finishes, and the installation of elevators, escalators and new restrooms.

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president/CEO Thella Bowens said that the project has created economic benefits for the region over the course of construction.

"So far, the airport has awarded $350m of contracts to local businesses."

"Not only has it created work for local, small and disadvantaged businesses and local workers, but it will ensure that the airport can continue to support the region’s vital industries, including tourism, technology and life sciences," Bowens said.

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The Green Build project was approved by San Diego County Regional Airport Authority on 9 July 2009.

The first phase of the project involved the construction of new parking spaces for overnight aircraft, enhancing the apron and relocation of United Service Organizations (USO) facilities, while the second phase involved construction on terminal and the roadway.

San Diego International Airport served 17 million passengers in 2011 and by 2030 the passenger number is projected to increase to between 27 and 33 million.

Image: The terminal will feature a dual-level roadway. Photo: courtesy of San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.